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Dar to be indicted in corruption case tomorrow – Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: A day earlier than ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif is because of face the references filed towards him, an accountability court docket determined to indict Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday (tomorrow).

On Monday, Accountability Choose Mohammad Bashir handed over a duplicate of the reference filed by the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) to Mr Dar’s counsel, together with copies of associated paperwork, which comprise 23 volumes.

The court docket rejected a request by Mr Dar’s counsel, Amjad Pervez, to grant them seven days to peruse the voluminous file, saying that because the Supreme Court docket had set a six-month deadline, he couldn’t adjourn proceedings for every week.

Outdoors the court docket, Advocate Pervez mentioned it appeared that the decide had rejected his request owing to strain from the apex court docket, given that a Supreme Court docket decide from the bench that heard the Panama Papers case was additionally supervising proceedings.

This is similar court docket that was additionally coping with corruption references towards former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and took a number of months to indict the accused.

For instance, in a reference associated to Naudero-II Rental Energy Undertaking, the identical court docket took up the case in November 2013, however indicted the previous PM in January 2014.

Attorneys say no accused has ever been indicted inside 48 hours of first look in court docket

In response to Amjad Iqbal Qureshi, counsel for Mr Ashraf, the accountability court docket had by no means indicted an accused inside 48 hours of his first look in court docket because the promulgation of Nationwide Accountability Ordinance (NAO) in 1999.

Even the Code of Felony Process (CrPC), which additionally utilized to accountability court docket proceedings, states in Part 265-C that the paperwork are to be offered to the accused “not later than 7 days earlier than the graduation of trial”.

Advocate Qureshi mentioned seven days was an affordable time for an accused or his lawyer to look at the allegations and associated paperwork produced by the prosecution within the trial court docket.

Even the army court docket constituted beneath the amended Pakistan Military Act (PAA) offers an accused eight days earlier than commending discipline normal court docket martial proceedings.

However on this case, the accountability decide directed Mr Dar and his counsel to seem on Sept 27for indictment.

The decide additionally introduced that the court docket would start day-to-day proceedings within the matter following the indictment “because of the urgency of the case”.

Mr Dar additionally defined to the court docket why he didn’t present up for the Sept 20 listening to, saying that he needed to proceed to London to inquire after the well being of ailing Kulsoom Nawaz, the mom of his daughter-in-law.

He mentioned that he had not been formally knowledgeable in regards to the court docket summons earlier than his departure and got here to know of the event via the media, which reported NAD raids on his properties in Islamabad and Lahore.

NAB has three references towards Nawaz Sharif and his kids and one towards Mr Dar, on the instructions of the Supreme Court docket, on Sept eight.

On Sept 18, the Lahore NAB wrote to the State Financial institution of Pakistan (SBP) to remind them that since a reference was pending towards him, “the financial institution accounts of Mr Dar could also be cautioned”.

The bureau, nevertheless, left room for transactions from these accounts, as NAB has made them topic to the orders of the accountability court docket.

NAB has additionally written to district governments, asking them to cease any switch or disposal of the properties owned by Mr Dar, warning that in case of non-compliance, they may withstand three years in jail beneath the Nationwide Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999.

Printed in Daybreak, September 26th, 2017

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